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The eyes and nose also have the possibility of being affected. Loss of the blinking reflex can result if the facial nerve is damaged by leprosy. Dryness, ulcers, and blindness ultimately follow. The nose can become internally damaged by the bacteria that can eventually cause the nose to collapse.
Photo: In the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Bill Simmons (President and CEO), Dr. Jacques Kongawi (Country Representative, D.R. Congo), and Emily Bailey (Board Member) are praying with Mvuilawo, a young girl with Buruli ulcer, a disease related to leprosy. (Photo by Tom Bradley)

There is also a flesh-eating disease related to leprosy called Buruli ulcer. This terrible disease affects mostly children and often causes the victims to have severe deformities and disabilities. Those affected are similarly ostracized by their communities while facing health issues where flesh and sometimes bone is eaten away by Buruli ulcer.

American Leprosy Missions strives to bring dignity back to the people suffering from leprosy and Buruli ulcer, while sharing the love of Jesus. This global non-profit organization brings world-renowned health care workers to some of the most remote parts of the world. While presenting the Gospel in word and deed, American Leprosy Missions cures and cares for many of the estimated four million people affected by leprosy and related diseases worldwide. The organization also works closely with the World Health Organization, The International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations, and other important partners to make life changing impacts.

There are many ways that churches and the general public can help the American Leprosy Missions. The first thing is prayer. Pray for the organization and its staff, pray for the individuals and families affected by leprosy, and pray for the Lord’s work to be done. Donations are always a necessity to continue the good work, and there are many ways that churches can support the ministry through projects, including Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. There is also an Artist Program that allows musicians to raise awareness about leprosy and the mission field related to it.

Jesus Christ spent much time healing those affected by leprosy and even sent out his Disciples to do the same (Matthew 10:8). American Leprosy Missions continues this calling to heal both body and spirit. God has gifted many amazing physicians and scientists with the ability to heal the terrible disease called leprosy through modern medicine. We are all called to join the Body of Christ in healing and caring for the sick. To find out more about American Leprosy Missions and how you can help, visit them online.


From: Volume 1 - Issue 4


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